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authorized funding, committed us to make expenditures. we're now in the place where the only question is will we pay the bills that the united states has incurred. and it is just the only way to do that is for congress to act, for it to act quickly. what we need in our economy is some certainty. we don't need another self-inflicted wound. we don't need another crisis at the last minute. congress should come back and act quickly. >> some are talking about using the threat of economic meltdown to dismantle the afford care act. eric cantor aide says debt limit is a good leverage point to defund the health care law. a spokesperson for speaker john boehner recently told "hardball" that they're looking at all options when it comes to the issue. and take a listen to senator tom coburn, republican from oklahoma, when we was asked about the affordable care act at a town hall just last week. >> what other alternatives are out there to keep this horrible bill from being implemented on october 1? >> well, the debt limit, the debt limit. the debt limit. you attach it to the debt limit. no, but the
and women in the front lines only a few of whom such as john lewis are with us today. let's watch the president. >> because they kept marching, america changed. because they marched, the civil rights law was passed. because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and congress changed and yes, eventually the white house changed. because they marched america became more free and more fair. not just for african-americans but for women and latinos, asians and native americans, for catholics, jews, and muslims, for gays, for americans with disabilities. america changed for you and for me. >> have conservatived in america judged this man by the content of his character? >> absolutely not. conservatives in america talk about conservative politics and use the word liberal. but they don't talk about politics at all and certainly not at all about race even though most of the conservative political appeals have a hidden underpinning in race. this president's weakness is he can't talk about race very much. >> why can't he throw it back at the people who use it impli
for the majority. >> krystal ball, thank you for joining us. >> thanks, lawrence. >>> bread line for the right. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm kris matthews in washington. he has done it to damascus, now he is doing it here. president obama today drew a red line here at home. any republican who tries to bring this country into the default, fails to pay interest on the national debt is the enemy. there will be no deals, the president says, no talks, no schmoozes, no bedtime stories, no nothing. you are cut off. america will pay its debts. it will not default. it will not destroy its credit in the world. and you can threaten. you can scream and yell, but the united states government will not fail in the bankruptcy because of this economic terrorism you on the right purport to be a political philosophy. well, the secretary of the treasury said it less dramatically this morning, but said it just as clearly. any attempt by the right wing to threaten this country with national default will be met with the strongest response, no deals. bashar al assad in damascus, but against those in this count
to be stubborn and not hear from the people you're trying to govern. and we're not his enemies. some of us have worked with him. but we are not going to be silent if we think something is wrong. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. have a great holiday weekend. "hardball" starts right now. >>> war talk. let's play "hardball." >> good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this. it's about killing people. when all the words are spoken, the conversation about needing to enforce a red line to protect an international norm, any decision by president obama to bomb syria will kill people. it will kill the guys working the night shift, people just doing their jobs to put food on their family tables. daddy who went to work that morning will not be coming home because of what this president decides to do. the assad family will be okay, of course. the designers of that vogue magazine spread won't be anguished by this sight of this thoroughly western family lying on the floor. no. the people who will die in an american cruise missile attack will be the working, praying, little famil
of a default on the u.s. national debt this fall. the plot is the to tie the regular vote to extend the debt skeel together obliteration of the affordable care act. according to the plans leaked to right leaning news organizations, any measure to finance the health care act would detonate refusal to make good on american debt, the first time this has happened in this country's history. the repercussions of which could explode the world economic order. do the leaders of the republican party intend to go this far? do they dare to sabotage the american economy and much of the world economy in order to defund a program, the affordable care act that is the law of the land? will they go to this drastic extreme to intimidate the u.s. congress or the president or both? and if so, is this the extreme case where ideological zealotry trumps even the most preliminarial loyalty to the common national interests where anything goes, where the ends justify whatever means there are to be had no matter how menaces to the country or the world. john feehery is a republican strategist, alex wagner the host of "n
. >> hunter, thank you very much for joining us tonight on the exclusive interview. >> thank you for having me. >>> weiner schnitzal. let's play "hardball." ♪ >> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start -- this story amazes me. i've worked in politics for a long time, and that said, i've never stuff like this that's coming out just tonight and i think in politics, left right and crazy and never heard stuff like this coming out of the weiner operation. it is unbelievable. we'll try to explain the lingo coming out of the campaign as it crashes and falls apparently. what people are talking about, the language they're using, i've heard bad language. this is just lightning years ahead of it. the american politics does have a measure of true nobility. we all know that, certainly at times. you have to judge tonight for yourself when you think of this latest stuff coming from inside the weiner operation. howard fineman joins me in this incredible fest. i don't know what it is. he's a "huffington post" media leader and maggie haberman, senior political reporter from politico. magg
, this government takeover of health care. when the government's divided we should use the leverage of controlling at least part of government to try to get the law more to our liking. >> if that strikes you as reasonable and it does at that point, there are several reports the republicans are looking to drop the threat of a government shutdown this september if the affordable care act isn't dismantled. instead, they're looking at at approach which would result in something far worse, like economic armageddon. one of those reports comes from robert cost who writes "sources tell me the house gop will probably avoid using a shutdown as leverage and instead use the debt limit and sequester fights as areas for potential trades. negotiations over increasing the debt limit have frequently been used to wring concessions out of of administration." there might be movement in that direction. delay obama care in exchange for increased debt limit. when "hardball" asked -- we were asked by "hardball" about these reports, to use the debt sealing limit, a spokesman house speaker john boehner's office said no dec
is former chairman of the republican national committee and u.s. congresswoman donna edwards is a democratic congresswoman from maryland who spoke at yesterday's events commemorating the -- well, its 50th anniversary of the march on washington. congresswoman, i think i'm right. tables have been switched in the last 100 years -- the last 150 years since the emancipation proclamation and certainly in the last 50 years since the march on washington, things have changed. the party of the south, the democratic party, the old segregationists party has been replaced di dixiecrats pretending to be republicans. >> i think it's true. apart from my friend here to the right. >> is an exception. >> an exception. but it used to be the case in my state and across the country you actually had republicans who were moderate. maybe they were fiscal conservatives, but they did not share this very right wing, very rigid agenda that we're hearing today. and it's not inclusive at all. i think lincoln must be rolling over. >> hugh scott and all those people like arlen specter even. i want to talk about this. the re
care off the books. ted cruz will shut down the u.s. government to get that job done. finally, why not? let's impeach the guy. let's run him out of town on a rail. let's tar and feather him. let's really mess up that record by putting the word into the history books, there was talk of impeachment on his watch, even if they can't find a reason for it, unless it's one big fat reason everyone sees. it's the number on his back, 44. how do way get into the books that this guy really wasn't president? if we can't convince people he came from africa, can't kill the african-american vote that elected him, can't kill his historic accomplishment in health care, let's bring him up on charges. let's string him up, boys, so nobody will ever say he was president, much less a pretty good president. david corn is with mother jones and david axelrod, former adviser to president obama. both are msnbc political analysts. gentlemen, i want to start this. take a look. these a all republicans' efforts to impeach all in 2013. representative steve stockman threatened impeachment over the president's plan to c
to the men and women in the front lines only a few of whom such as john lewis are with us today. let's watch the president. >> because they kept marching, america changed. because they marched, the civil rights law was passed. because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and congress changed and yes, eventually the white house changed. because they marched america became more free and more fair. not just for african-americans but for women and latinos, asians and native americans, for catholics, jews, and muslims, for gays, for americans with disabilities. america changed for you and for me. >> have conservatives in america judged this man by the content of his character? >> absolutely not. conservatives in america talk about conservative politics and use the word liberal. but they don't talk about politics at all and certainly not at all about race even though most of the conservative political appeals have a hidden underpinning in race. this president's weakness is he can't talk about race very much. >> why can't he throw it back at the people who use it impli
. that gave us this do nothing congress. if they're not confronted, exposed and their points not exposed to be as wrong for america as they are, they will keep galvanizing people for lack of exposing what they really are all about. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> monster. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this. it's a ghastly story, more ghastly than most can imagine. three women kept captive in the dark for over a decade, again and again raped, chained to walls. they escaped this may after one of the captive women broke through a storm door on that street and flagged down a neighbor. well, today the monster who did this, ariel castro, was sentenced to life in prison, plus a thousand years. he had pled guilty to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping and murder. he will never be a free man. but the staggering moment came today when one of the three victims, michelle knight, spoke about the horror of the basement, the horror of the monster who kept her there and used her. >> i missed my son every day
warning. bin laden. determined to strike in u.s. that message was delivered to the president directly. a month later this country was hit harder than at any time since pearl harbor. but without blaming george w. bush for failing to act sufficiently to that warning an of august 6th, 2001, should anyone blame this president and his people for acting in time this time? joining me tonight from cairo, nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel and with us from new york, msnbc terrorist analyst governor ebben coleman. nbc is reporting now the interrogation behind the worldwide terrorist alert this week was an intercepted communication between the leader an of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and the leader of al qaeda central over in pakistan. the man who succeeded osama bin laden, ayman mohyeldin -- ayman zawahiri. the two men reportedly agreed that they wanted to do something big. timed to the end of the muslim holy month of ramadan which is right now. and that's what led the united states to close 19 embassies. there they are on the map and consulates in the mideast and africa.
take the threat seriously or is this being used for fund raising purposes? because i have to believe for someone like ted cruz every time he talks about defunding the government, there's a spike in his donations. >> well, i think you're 100% right. there are republican who's just want to burn everything down to stop it if that's what it takes. but i believe you have to separate politics from policy in this case. i do not believe there will be a shutdown. it's too risky for the 2014 elections. you're right. you can send an e-mail fund raiser and get people to sign petitions. it keeps the issue alive. i think it's more about that than ultimately shutting down the government. >> what is the end game? how do these individuals calling for the shutdown extricate themselves from that at the right moment? >> there's a couple. one is to change everything in the 2014 and 2016 elections. a lot of republicans believe 2014 will be particularly good. the house republicans are also looking at the possibility of doing something like a compromise relative to raising of the debt ceiling comes up we ca
bill, thank you very much for joining us tonight. new york city mayoral candidate bill thompson gets tonight's last word. >> economic sabotage. there's news that some are plotting the explosion over the default of the national debt. the plot is to tie the regular vote to extend the debt ceiling to the obliteration of the affordable care act. according to the plans linked to right leaning organizations, it would detonate a refusal to make good on american debt. the first time this has happened in this country's history it could explode the economic order. do the leaders of the republican party really intend to go this far? do they really dare to sabotage the american economy? and much of the world economy to defund the program. the affordable care act that is the law of the land. and will they go to this stream? and if so, is this the extreme case where ideological zealotry trumped even the most minimal loyalty to the common national interests where anything goes. where the ends justify whatever mean there are to be had no matter how menacing to the country or the world. >> we've
for telling your story. >> you're welcome, ari. >> absolutely. bob guillo, thanks for joining us. i'm ari melber, in for lawrence o'donnell. he will be back tomorrow. you can find me on "the cycle" monday through friday at 3:00 p.m. eastern. and on twitter @arimelber. "hardball" is up next. >>> tonight 44. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. did you see the movie "42"? it's the story of jackie robinson, the first african-american to play in the major leagues. it's the story how a number of bad guys tried to bounce him out of the game, even at his first at-bat. the snarls from other dugout t cat calls from the crowds, the trouble even from his own teammates. they all wanted the same, to somehow make it like this guy, this black guy was never in the majors to begin with. what we're watching right now on the news could be called 44. it's about the same crap being thrown at the first african-american to make to it the white house. he's not from here, he's from kenya or indonesia or some place else. he's got no right to be pres
down the u.s. government if the law is not killed. apparently the strategy is being lambasted as silly, dumb, unachievable and political suicide. and the people saying those words are not democrats, it's the republicans in congress who are saying those things. and those criticisms are delicate compared to what's in today's "washington post." charles krauthammer, a pulitzerer price winning conservative columnist says cruz belongs to the loony bin. "and this is krauthammer, this is nuts. every physical showdown has rebounded against the republicans. those who fancy themselves tea party patriots fighting a sold out cocktail swilling establishment are demanding yet another cliff dive as a show of principle. and manliness. but there's no principle at stake here. this is about tactics. if i thought this would work, i would support it, but i don't fancy suicide. it has a tendency to be fatal." as for manliness, the real question here is sanity, nothing could better revibe the fortunes of a failing, flailing fading democratic administration than a government shutdown where the president is por
republicans led by ted cruz of texas are making it very real threat to shut down the u.s. government if the law is not killed. apparently the strategy is being lambasted as silly, dumb, unachievable, and actually, political suicide. and the people saying those words are not democrats, it's the republicans in congress who are saying those things. and those criticisms are delicate compared to what's in today's "washington post." charles krauthammer, a pulitzer prize winning conservative columnist -- that's what we call them when we agree with them -- says cruz belongs to the loony bin. and this is krauthammer, this is nuts. every physical showdown has rebounded against the republicans. those who fancy themselves tea party patriots fighting a sold out cocktail swilling establishment are demanding yet another cliff dive as a show of principle and manliness. but there's no principle at stake here. this is about tactics. if i thought this would work, i would support it, but i don't fancy suicide. it has a tendency to be fatal." as for manliness, the real question here is sanity. nothing co
. determined to strike in u.s. that message was delivered to the president directly. a month later this country was hit harder than at any time since pearl harbor. but without blaming george w. bush for failing to act sufficiently to that warning an of august 6th, 2001, should anyone blame this president and his people for acting in time this time? joining me tonight from cairo, nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel and with us from new york, msnbc terrorist analyst evan kohlmann. nbc is reporting now the interrogation behind the worldwide terrorist alert this week was an intercepted communication between the leader an of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and the leader of al qaeda central over in pakistan. the man who succeeded osama bin laden, ayman al zawahiri. the two men reportedly agreed that they wanted to do something big, timed to the end of the muslim holy month of ramadan which is right now. and that's what led the united states to close 19 embassies. there they are on the map and consulates in the mideast and africa. there's still a lot that remains unknown including wh
the republican party used to get, before it started to get 10% of the black vote, which is why it loses a net 80% of the black vote in the big cities, because 90 minus 10 is 80. it used to be two thirds minus a third was a third, and the republican party could win statewide easily. about you when you start losing a net 80%, you're in the not in the business anymore. here is pennsylvania republicans, speaking out openly about using requirement to limit the vote. here's pennsylvania house republican leader mike turzai in june of last year. let's listen to him admit they're using this requirement to screw the black voter out of voting. let's listen to him. >> voter i.d., which will allow governor romney to win the state of pennsylvania -- done. >> romney wins, and just this summer, the pennsylvania republican party chair bragged that voter i.d. helped republicans shave some points, like point shaving in basketball, shaved some points from obama's win last year. let's listen to this guy admit it again. we're not making this up. >> reporter: do you think all the attention to voter i.d. affected last
, give me a break. michael steele is former chairman of the republican national committee and u.s. congresswoman donna edwards is a democratic congresswoman from maryland who spoke at yesterday's events commemorating the -- well, its 50th anniversary of the march on washington. congresswoman, i think i'm right. tables have been switched in the last 100 years -- the last 150 years since the emancipation proclamation and certainly in the last 50 years since the march on washington, things have changed. the party of the south, the democratic party, the old segregationists party has been replaced di dixiecrats pretending to be republicans. >> i think it's true. apart from my friend here to the right. >> is an exception. >> an exception. but it used to be the case in my state and across the country you actually had republicans who were moderate. maybe they were fiscal conservatives, but they did not share this very right wing, very rigid agenda that we're hearing today. and it's not inclusive at all. i think lincoln must be rolling over. >> hugh scott and all those people like arlen sp
>>> thanks so much for watching this afternoon. you can always check the website, follow us on twitter, but of course for now, "hardball" and chris matthews is next. >>> monster. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. let me start with this. it's a ghastly story, more ghastly than most can imagine. three women kept captive in the dark for over a decade, again and again raped, chained to walls. they escaped this may after one of the captive women broke through a storm door on that street and flagged down a neighbor. >>> today the monster who did there, ariel castro was sentenced to life in prison, plus 1,000 years. he had pled guilty to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping and murder. he will never be a free man. but the staggering moment came today when one of the three victims, michelle knight, spoke about the horror of the basement, the horror of the monster who kept her there and used her. >> i wondered if i was ever going to see him again. he was only 2 1/2 years old. i cried every night. i was so alone. i worried about what would happen to me and the other girls every day.
'll have a few on some other networks who play by our rules. let us pick the moderators and the format. in other words, it's an inside job. >> well, yeah. 's playing the refs, and he's saying that nbc and cnn won't be fair, and that they're in the tank for hillary clinton, which is ridiculous. she's had her own problems with the media over the years as you know. >> thank you for that. >> even more, listen to what he said to his friend sean hannity. listen to what he said to his friend sean hannity. i mean, it would be unhealthy. it was unhealthy to have all that exposure for our candidates. yeah, it was because you had a bunch of crackpots running for president and they did wound themselves every time they got out there. there were enough debates for perry to forget which agencies he was going to abolish in the federal government. right? so, yeah, i can see from his perspective, you want to go to the friendly confines of fox news. you want to have loving moderators like a sean hannity. you want to tell your story there. the problem is that that did not work in 2012. in fact, living in
it was of particular interest to us yesterday when senator rand paul of kentucky told a louisville-based npr station, "i don't think there's objective evidence that we're precluding african-americans from voting any longer." paul's comments came in the wake of new voting restrictions such as the latest and most sweeping law coming out of north carolina, which now requires a government-issued id to vote, cuts early voting by a week, eliminates same-day registration, and kills the state-wide voter registration drive. texas, virginia, florida, and pennsylvania have all passed similar strict voter i.d. laws, some of which are tangled up in the court system, but if they prevail could indirectly disenfranchise minority voters. this is what paul had to say about voter id when he spoke at howard university, a historically black college back in april of this year. >> i think if you liken using a driver's license to literacy test, you demean the horror of what happened in the '40s and '50s, maybe probably from 1910 all the way through 1960s in the south. it was horrific. nobody's in favor of that. no republic
on in cold contempt. he uses the tactics of joe mccarthy suggesting now defense secretary chuck hagel, a fellow republican, might be an agent of this country's enemies. iran and north korea. will the republican party fight back? will they refuse to let their party's soul be grabbed by this new hard right that harkens back to the worst methods of the early 1950s? will they or let the cruzs and pauls and the rest dictate the new terms of political warfare in this country where no one blinks even when the u.s. government defaults on its debts, goes bankrupt and leaves the world's creditors to pick up the pieces. michael toe mack second and jim moore is director of progress texas, a political action committee. he was also co-author of "bush's brain." let's talk about this thing now with ted cruz. let's take a look at what happened last night and what happened there. let's talk about republicans by the way, before we get to some of the pictures who care about winning in the future, some of the extreme tactics by people like ted cruz and others like threatening government shutdown in order
-sex marriage in rhode island. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, lawrence. >> up next, "hardball" with chris matthews. >>> monster. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this. it's a ghastly story, more ghastly than most can imagine. three women kept captive in the dark for over a decade, again and again raped, chained to walls. they escaped this may after one of the captive women broke through a storm door on that street and flagged down a neighbor. well, today the monster who did this, ariel castro, was sentenced to life in prison, plus a thousand years. he had pled guilty to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping and murder. he will never be a free man. but the staggering moment came today when one of the three victims, michelle knight, spoke about the horror of the basement, the horror of the monster who kept her there and used her. >> i missed my son every day. i wondered if i was ever going to see him again. he was only 2 1/2 years old. when i was tooken. i cried every night. i was so alone. i worried about what would happen to
a few on some other networks who play by our rules. let us pick the moderators and the format. in other words, it's an inside job. >> well, yeah. he's playing the refs and saying nbc and cnn won't be fair and that they're in the tank for hillary clinton. she's had her own problems with the media over the years as you know. >> thank you for that. >> listen to what he said to sean hannity. i mean, it would be unhealthy. it was unhealthy to have all that exposure for our candidates. yeah, it was because you had a bunch of crack pos running for president and they did wound themselves every time they got out there. there were enough debates for perry to forget which agencies he was going to abolish in the federal government. i can see from his perspective, you want to go to the friendly confines of knox news and having loving moderators like sean hannity and tell your story. the problem is that that did not work in 2012. in fact, living in the friendly confines of fox news made those republicans think they were going to win that they could beat barack obama. that he wasn't a popular presiden
me begin with you, john. should we take the threat seriously? or is this being used simply for fund raising purposes? i've got to believe for someone like ted cruz every time he talks about defunding government, there's a spike in his donations. >> well, i think you're 100% right. there are republican who's just want to burn everything down to stop it if that's what it takes. but i believe you have to separate politics from policy in this case. i do not believe there will be a shutdown. it's too risky for the 2014 elections. you're right. you can send an e-mail fund raiser and get people to sign petitions. it's great to get the base engaged and it keeps the issue alive. i think it's more about that than ultimately shutting down the government. >> what is the end game? how do these individuals calling for the shutdown extricate themselves from that at the right moment? >> there's a couple potential end games. one is to change everything in the 2014 and 2016 elections. a lot of republicans believe 2014 will be particularly good. the house republicans are also looking at the possibilit
that disproportionately affect african-american voters. so it was of particular interest to us yesterday when senator rand paul of kentucky told a louisville-based npr station, "i don't think there's objective evidence that we're precluding african-americans from voting any longer." paul's comments came many the wake of new voting restrictions such as the latest and most sweeping law out of north carolina which requires a government-issued i.d. to vote, cuts early voting by a week, eliminates same-day reg strigs, and kills the state-wide voter registration drive. texas, virginia, florida, and pennsylvania have all passed similar strict voerd i.d. laws, some of which are tangled up in the court system but if they prevail could indirectly disenfranchise minority voters. this is what paul had to say about voter i.d. speaking at howard university, a historically black college, back in april of this year. >> i think if you liken using a driver's license to literacy test, you demean the horror of what happened in the '40s and '50s, maybe probably from 1910 all the way through 1960s in the south. it was horrific
't be tolerated. and that's the point. we should not have law or the use of law enforcement where it is tolerated in some zip codes and not other zip codes. we're sending a real signal of double standards and bias. the federal judge called it profiling. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> cruising for a bruisen? let's play "hardball." ♪ >> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. tonight, invasion of the body snatchers. the soul of a major american political party is suddenly up for grabs. party of lincoln and the emancipation proclamation of theodore roosevelt and the american conservation movement. the party of ronald ration who signed the deal with -- that eliminates nuclear weapons could be going ballistic. ted cruz talks in brinksmanship terms about shutting down the american government. he speaks in cold war terms of not blinking when it happens. letting the government drop before him as he gazes on in cold contempt. he uses the tactics of joe mccarthy suggesting now defense secretary chuck hagel, a fellow republican, might be an agent of this cou
percentage the republican party used to get, which is why it loses a net 80% of the black vote in the big cities, because 90 minus 10 is 80. it used to be two thirds minus a third was a third, and the republican party could win statewide easily. about you when you start losing a net 80%, you're in the business anymore. here is pennsylvania republicans, speaking out openly. here's pennsylvania house republican leader mike turzai in june of last year. let's listen to him admit they're using this requirement to screw the black voter out of voting. let's listen to him. >> voter i.d., which will allow governor romney to within the state of pennsylvania -- done. >> romney wins, and just this sum, he bragged that voter i.i.d. helped shave some points, like basketball. let's listen to this guy admit it again. we're not making this up. >> reporter: doug thinks it affected last year's elections? i want i think it d think about this. we cut obama by 5%, which is big. a lot of people lost sight of that. he beat mccain by 10%, romney by 5%, i think probably photo i.d. helped a bit in that. >> what is
the policy's use of stop and frisk arguing the law has been a key part of new york's reduced crime rate just as we mentioned. >> pre day, commissioner kelly and i wake up determined to keep new yorkers safe and save lives. and our crime strategies and tools includingston, question, frisk have made new york city the safest big city in america. and i'm happy to say we are on pace for another record low of shootings and homicides this year. because our police officers follow the law and follow the crime. they fight crime wherever crime is occurring and at the don't worry if their work doesn't match-up to a census chart. >> governor, this is a big part of his legacy. he doesn't want to leave office with the record he has intact and all of a sudden be remembered as the guy implementing stop and frisk on an unconstitutional basis >> he should be remembered to the man who helped reduce violent crime to historic levels in this city. we have an seen a decline across the country but haven't seen anything like the dramatic decline in new york city. you can trash new york city where we will very policin
to show you both this. mayor bloomberg was quick to defend the policies of the use of stop and frisk, arguing that the law has been a key part of new york's reduced crime rate, just as we mentioned. >> every day, commissioner kelly and i wake up determined to keep new yorkers safe and save lives. and our crime strategies and tools, including stop, question, frisk, have made new york city the safest big city in america. and i'm happy to say we are on pace for another record low of shootings and homicides this year. because our police officers follow the law and follow the crime. they fight crime wherever crime is occurring and they don't worry if their work doesn't match-up to a census chart. >> governor, this is a big part of his legacy. he doesn't want to leave office with the record he has intact and all of a sudden be remembered as the guy implementing stop and frisk on an unconstitutional basis. >> well, i think he should be remembered as the man who helped reduce violent crime to historically low levels in this city. sherrilynn is absolutely right. we have an seen a decline acro
is readying its attack. the ted cruz wing is about to -- to bring the u.s. government to a halt and confront republican leaders in washington with its ultimate tum. those worried leaders do as they're told to kill obama care even if that means shutting down the federal government or else. fueling this is the right-wing base of the country that now commands the fears of republican congressmen far more than anything the weak john boehner can say or do or pretend to do or hope to do. here is a town hall meeting held by robert pettinger. pay close attention to who's calling the attention here. does this guy look anything like john boehner? even a little? >> real quick, easy question. this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee to defund obama care? yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> i want yes or no. >> no. >> if any republican votes against it, does not get funded. that's a fact. >> it has to be signed by the president of the united states. >> will you make a stand -- >> shut down the government. >> do you think harry reid is going to pass that in the senate? >> it
calculated's probably not the word i would use, but i think he wanted to make sure that he drew a line, was a bit more defiant. he's been getting a lot of grief behind the scenes saying you've got to sell this law better, you've got to do this. and i heard more clarity from him than i have in a while on this. of course, the real test of all this, michael, is going to be is he start going on the road and proactively doing this rather than doing this when he's asked a question about health care but proactively going out on the road and selling this and selling implementation. he's going to have to. he's got to turn these poll numbers around, or he is going to find moving congress on this is going to be a lot harder. republicans just sit there and they look at the scoreboard. and they say, guess what, half the country thinks it's a bad idea. less than 40% thinks this law's a good idea. >> well, to your point, let me show some polling data on the issue of whether it's a good or bad idea. there it is, good idea 34%, bad idea 47%. chris cillizza, you know, i follow you in all your social med
. >> sure. >> the democratic party used to be the party where all the fight was. there was a fight between left and right -- civil rights, anti-civil rights, the old seggies hanging in there. now it seems to be a party of general agreement. but i noticed something over the weekend. the slow, what do you call it, the thing where you change color to meet the background, the. >> chameleon. >> the chameleon party seems to be changing color to a hillary background rather than an obama background. i know you are reporting on the phone all day must be hearing thissing >> well, you know, what you hit on in the introis right i think which is i will say i am struck by how aggressive and how public she will herself is being with this series of speeches. she's given one, going to give two more on sort of big topics, voting rights, foreign policy. talk about national security. there's no way to interpret those kind of speeches except that laying the groundwork for 2016. i'll add one other quick thing to it which is the ready for hillary super pac, the extent to which real clinton hands, i'm not talking
, a huge chunk, which is the historic percentage the republican party used to get, before it started to get 10% of the black vote, which is why it loses a net 80% of the black vote in the big cities, because 90 minus 10 is 80. it used to be two thirds minus a third was a third, and the republican party could win statewide easily. about you when you start losing a net 80%, you're in the not in the business anymore. here is pennsylvania republicans, speaking out openly about using requirement to limit the vote. here's pennsylvania house republican leader mike turzai in june of last year. let's listen to him admit they're using this requirement to screw the black voter out of voting. let's listen to him. >> voter i.d., which will allow governor romney to win the state of pennsylvania -- done. >> romney wins, and just this summer, the pennsylvania republican party chair bragged that voter i.d. helped republicans shave some points, like point shaving in basketball, shaved some points from obama's win last year. let's listen to this guy admit it again. we're not making this up. >> reporter: do yo
successful. if you look at seven of the nominees republicans put up in u.s. senate races that lost races they probably should have won if they had a candidate who was more in the mainstream. republicans will control the senate today if the tea party wasn't wreaking havoc with it. i predict if they get mitch mcconnell to shut down the government, to protect the right flank so he's not vulnerable in the primary, he'll lose the election because centrist voters are going to vote against him. they don't reward people like that because that's not leadership. >> mitt romney was our nominee, and look what the results were there. >> he's pulled so far to the right by rick santorum he couldn't win the election. so far to the right on immigration and the policies that he couldn't win the general election. if mitt romney had been the nominee, he was terrifying democrats, but that's not the guy who showed up. >> john, i want to pronounce your name correctly, it's nice to have you on the show. you're a good guy. here's the question, prediction yorb you're the expert on your side. what's more likely, t
chairman, but not now. >> joan, i use the words echo chamber. >> yeah. >> and what i was thinking of when i said that is the wednesday morning after 2012's election, when those who were paying attention only to drudge, only to talk radio, and only to fox, it was like a truck had hit them. they didn't see it coming. they really didn't recognize that it's a big country out there. >> because that were only talking to each other, and they were only watching fox news, and they were only listening to rush. >> is this more of that? >> i think it is more of that. on the one hand you had this alleged autopsy and the desire to reach out to more people, michael. but this desire to go really insular, talk to one another, control the terms of the debate. and sadly, it seems like mr. priebus decided the last campaign with a lot of debates was not good for his party, that people didn't like what they saw. but this time around, i would think a lot of these new candidates would want to be talking to a larger audience. >> yeah. >> certainly chris christie if he were to run is not going to abide by a ditch cn
, thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> thank you, lawrence. >>> government shutdown. republicans want to party like it's 1995. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> i'm michael smerconish. in for chris matthews. leading off tonight, shutdown fever as the president aptly noted last friday, the republican party has devolved into a single issue party. they are united only by their hatred of obama care. and not much else. as president obama put it, it's their holy grail. that quest has fueled tea party leaders like ted cruz to threaten a government shutdown if the law isn't defunded and they've hijacked the party narrative. government shutdown has become the rallying cry for conservatives across the country especially in town halls despite the fact that scores of sensible republicans are warning against the strategy. some have gone so far as to call it political suicide. the doubters now include mitch mcconnell, the senate's top republican speaking out against the viability of cruz's shutdown strategy. mcconnell has largely kept quiet on the issue due to the political dangers of taking an u
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